California’s MPA Network: Long-Term Monitoring Begins, Baseline Monitoring Ends

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Fort Bragg Community Gathering
CDFW photo by L. Lopez

When California’s marine protected areas (MPAs) were implemented (central coast in 2007, north central coast in 2010, and south coast and north coast in 2012) each region sequentially entered the first phase of the MPA Monitoring Program. Phase 1, regional baseline monitoring, was funded through a $16 million voter-approved investment with $4 million allotted per region. Phase 2, statewide long-term monitoring, began in 2016 with the state committing Continue reading

North Coast Marine Protected Areas – State of the Region Report Now Available

reportThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is pleased to announce the release of the State of the California North Coast report, now available on Oceanspaces.org.

This report contains key information about the biological, ecological, oceanographic, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions around the time of marine protected area (MPA) implementation on California’s North Coast, a geographic region extending from the California-Oregon border south to Point Arena. From 2013 through 2017, 11 baseline projects across the North Coast collected data Continue reading

Now Available for Tribal and Stakeholder Review and Public Comment: Initial Draft of the Amended Master Plan (2018 Master Plan)

noticeOver the past 18 months, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has worked with tribes, stakeholders, and partners to amend the Marine Life Management Act Master Plan for Fisheries. This culmination of hard work, creative thinking, and valuable input has led to the development of an initial draft of the amended Master Plan (2018 Master Plan), now available to the public.

The initial draft and instructions for how to submit Continue reading

Coming Soon: Community Gatherings to Share Information on North Coast MPAs

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Event flier (click to read or download)

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites members of the North Coast ocean community and any other interested citizens to attend a series of informal community gatherings held throughout the North Coast area (Crescent City, Eureka, and Fort Bragg) from November 1-3, 2017 to learn about marine protected area (MPA) baseline monitoring conducted in the region. This baseline monitoring collected information on the ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural use conditions near the time MPAs went into effect on California’s North Coast (from Alder Creek near Point Arena north to the California-Oregon border). Continue reading

New Regulations for Recreational Lobster Fishing, Report Card Results Available

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Divers looking to take spiny lobster will want to review new regulations for this season. CDFW photo by D. Stein

As the popular recreational California spiny lobster season prepares to open on Saturday, Sept. 30, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds divers and hoop netters of new regulations that will be in effect for the 2017-2018 season. The California Fish and Game Commission adopted commercial and recreational lobster fishing regulations at its April 2016 meeting to support the implementation of the California Spiny Lobster Fishery Management Plan. A summary of the new recreational Continue reading